Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in four sets, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the Australian Open title for a third straight year, a feat never accomplished before in tennis' Open Era. Neither player was at his peak in the match, with the opening couple of sets being littered with unforced errors. With their games quite similar, and both men in excellent physical condition, the match was expected to be a long drawn affair. The first two sets certainly were indicative of that as they both went beyond an hour, but when Djokovic got his nose in front late in the third, he found another gear. Murray, who appeared to be struggling with blisters and a bit of hamstring niggle, failed to lift his game when it mattered, and Djokovic played the tennis we all know him capable of to pull away comfortably in the end.
Both men had played some fantastic tennis over the last two weeks, especially in their respective semi-final encounters, but were uncharacteristically tentative on the big day. Djokovic was forced to rally with Murray from the back of the court, and nearly every attempt he made to force the play in the early exchanges resulted in an unforced error. Murray's mistakes meanwhile seemed to have no logic to them whatsoever, but fortunately for the Brit they came largely at inconsequential times in the first set.